May 23, 2016

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Stellar Fontodi New Release Trio, Vintage Valentini Wine, and Benchmark ’04 Sassicaia
May 23, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Fontodi sits at the heart of Toscana in region called the "Conca d'Oro," or the golden shell. In terms of winemaking tradition, it's hallowed ground, a natural sweeping arc of land that whorls in upon itself, yellow as a golden retriever in the late summer and green as a salad in spring. Fontodi rests on a hill above it, and as you survey the grounds, dotted with olive trees and bushes that pop with yellow flowers in some seasons and purple in others, you see a serene and singular sight. It's a place that's so deeply steeped in history and so naturally beautiful that it's easy to get swept up in it.

More than being outrageously beautiful, this land where Fontodi's vineyards sit is perfect for growing Sangiovese. The soil, the sunlight, the breezes, the rain and the magic that surrounds all great vine-growing places come together in a very special way in the Conca d'Oro. It's a place that dulls the effects of challenging vintages, while it amplifies the effects of great ones. Today, I'm very pleased to offer three new 2013 releases from Fontodi, wines that taste of their Conca d'Oro roots and wines that show exactly how epic this Tuscan vintage is. All three are pure Sangiovese--Fontodi 2013 Flaccianello, the estate's world-class Super Tuscan; Chianti Classico Vigna del Sorbo, the cru Chianti; and Chianti Classico, the wine that started it all--and each is a piece of beauty.

As I roll out these exciting new releases, I want to remind you not to overlook vintage wines. Wine's a living thing, and new wines are often too young, too raw, and too harsh. I suggest enjoying something with the patina of maturity to experience the wonder of time. Today's eLetter has a pair of outstanding mature wines, the 1994 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Valentini, the cult winemaker known as the "lord of the vines," and the 2004 Sassicaia, an outrageously excellent vintage of the beloved Super Tuscan. If you can indulge yourself with these wines, do it. You'll never, ever forget them.

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Three Gorgeous 2013 New Releases from Fontodi
2. Only At IWM:
Vintage Beauty from the "Lord of the Vines"
3. Time Sensitive Offer: 2004's Extraordinary Sassicaia
4. Wine Events: Upcoming May / June Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1994 750ml
Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1994 750ml
Price: $699.00

A singular bottling from the hands of the “Lord of the Vines,” Edoardo Valentini himself, this brooding, umami-laden, knockout 1994 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a classic bottling of this cult wine. Now with more than twenty years of perfect maturity, this wine is coming into its own, offering its full profile of black licorice, smoke, ash, leather, and game. Remarkably vibrant and fresh even at more than two decades old, this vintage Valentini d’Abruzzo offers a patina of smokiness, notes of tar and black olives, and remarkable mellowness and integration to its components. In any vintage, Valentini's Montepulciano is a provocative, sublime rendition crafted from late-harvest grapes, made only in exceptional vintage years, and crafted only from the choicest grapes. Ripe, rich, and concentrated, Valentini's Montepulciano always needs a few years to coalesce; this '94 is a rare, gorgeous wonder, and it's our pleasure to put it in cellars like yours! more info